2019: PDP's interest to return shows they don't have regards for Nigerians – Lai Mohammed

– The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has advised Nigerians not to give the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the opportunity to return to power

– Alhaji Mohammed said the PDP’s return will be a disaster for Nigeria

– He stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government has done well for Nigeria

The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has advised Nigerians not to give PDP the opportunity to return back to power in 2019.

Mohammed gave the advice during a press conference held in Lagos on Sunday, November 12 in Lagos.

Alhaji Mohammed says the rot left behind by the PDP is still being cleared by the APC-led government. Source: Twitter

The minister who had earlier declared that it will be a tragedy if the PDP is ever allowed to return to power, stated that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has been “working round the clock to take Nigeria out of the hell hole where it was dumped by the PDP.”

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He went to reel out 6 major corruption cases against the past administration of the PDP.

NAIJ.com lists them below in his words:

1. Do we want a Diezani back as petroleum minister, after the recovery of at least 43 million dollars and 56 houses from this one person?

2. Do we want the 2.9 billion dollars – that’s about one-eighth of the 2018 Budget – that has been successfully traced and recovered from looters by the EFCC since the inauguration of the present administration, to be re-looted? What about the 151 million dollars and N8 billion in looted funds that have been recovered from just three sources as a direct result of the introduction of the whistle-blower policy? Do we want them to be re-looted?

3. What about the persistent under-remittance of operating surpluses by state owned entities? Under the PDP, JAMB only remitted an aggregate of 51 million naira. In September 2017, the same JAMB announced it is ready to remit 7.8 billion naira back to the government. Do we want JAMB to go back to remitting 51 million naira?

4. In their time, they lacked the political will to implement the Treasury Single Account (TSA), which they started. We are now fully implementing the TSA. Three trillion naira, almost half of the estimated revenue in the 2018 budget, has accrued to government with the enforcement of the TSA policy

5. With the elimination of thousands of ghost workers, we have saved 120 billion Naira. We have removed the 108 billion naira in maintenance fees payable to banks, pre-TSA; and monthly we are saving 24.7 billion naira with our determined implementation of the TSA.

6. We must also never forget the alleged diversion of 2.1 billion dollars earmarked for arms purchase by officials of the immediate-past administration.

The minister also denied the PDP claims that the federal government plans to arrest 50 of their members for alleged corruption.

Seriously, the guilty are afraid. Let those who have plundered our treasury face the music, if they must.

He went on to say that the PDP has no regard for Nigerians for expressing interest to return back to power in 2019.

“It is a mark of the contempt in which the PDP holds Nigerians that the party is even talking of returning to power, even when the rot it left behind is yet to be totally cleared.

“Never again must Nigeria be bedeviled by a rapacious, impunity-prone and plunderous party like the PDP,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the director general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, has urged Nigerians to see the fight against corruption as their own fight.

Abari made the comment on Tuesday, November 7, when members of the Say No Campaign group paid him a courtesy visit at the headquarters of the NOA in Abuja.

“The fight against corruption is not just a government fight but a citizens fight. One compelling thing we need to do in this fight against corruption is to work together.,” Abari told his audience.

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Source: Naija.ng